The research cluster MMI-CNS is an interdisciplinary group of basic and clinical scientists who study the human brain using different functional and structural imaging methods and computational techniques. MMI-CNS is based on a recently established cooperation between the Medical University of Vienna and the University of Vienna within the framework of a so-called research cluster. Five subunits of the Medical University of Vienna and the University of Vienna - including experts in the fields of neuroimaging, clinical psychiatry, MR-physics, statistics and exploratory data analysis, neuroscience, and psychological research collaborate within the research cluster MMI-CNS.
Major psychiatric disorders are on the rise in the European Union (Commission Green Paper, 2005) with major depression and anxiety disorders being the most prevalent. In addition to profound personal suffering psychiatric disorders are associated with significant impairments in social and occupational functioning. In economic terms, psychiatric disorders cost the EU about 3 to 4% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Our goal is the identification of neurobiological markers for psychiatric disorders in order to improve diagnostics and treatment of major psychiatric disorders, such as depression and anxiety disorders. Biological markers hold great potential to replace subjective clinical evaluations by an objective and quantifiable alternative for symptom constructs.